RMH offers free smoking cessation classes


Starting Wednesday, Oct. 3, Rome Memorial Hospital will begin a free three-week series of smoking cessation classes.

Register now and participants will earn a $20 grocery gift card when they complete the program.

The program will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 10 and 17 in the hospital’s classroom, 1500 N. James St. Use the hospital’s Bartlett Wing entrance off East Oak Street for convenient parking and easy access to the second floor classroom.

The program is in collaboration with the Oneida County Health Department and is based on the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program which combines information and support to help smokers break the addiction.

“Everyone has their own reason to quit smoking,” said Rome Memorial Hospital Cardiopulmonary Service Line Administrator, Eileen G. Luley. “Maybe you want to improve your health, look and feel better, or protect the health of loved ones. When you stop smoking, major health benefits for you start right away and you’ll be helping family and friends reduce the health risks associated with breathing second-hand smoke.”

“Regardless of how long you have smoked, it is never too late to quit smoking to improve your health and quality of life,” Luley added.

Teaching the class is Rome Memorial Hospital Respiratory Therapist Sharin Chrzanowski.  Chrzanowski has been trained through the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart smoking cessation program. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions for best results.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call Rome Memorial Hospital’s Education Department at 315-338-7143 on or before Monday, Oct. 1 to register. The class is open to adults age 18 and older. 

The program is free and those completing all three classes will be rewarded with a $20 grocery gift card.

“No doubt about it – quitting smoking is difficult. But, you don’t have to do it alone,” said Luley. “When people make the decision to quit smoking, we want to be there to help.”

The classes offer the information and encouragement people need to understand the addiction and the tools that are available to help them overcome the challenges.

Smoking cessation class participants may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement patches provided through The state Smokers Quitline. It would be advantageous to call Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS before attending the first class to receive the free “start kit” of nicotine replacement patches, organizers said. 

“We see the adverse effects of smoking on our patients, including various forms of cancer, chronic lung disease and coronary heart disease,” Luley said.“But, the risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses can be reduced if you quit smoking.” Research shows that 70 percent of all smokers want to quit. With some help and determination, people can quit smoking.


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